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Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on tablet computer

Mar. 9, 2020 -

For some years now I use a tablet as main computer, I like its versatility. But, most tablets come with a locked down operating system, like iPadOS, Windows 10S or Android. As I like things my own (weird) way, I wondered if I could escape these "software jails" by installing a free operating system on a tablet. It's possible, read along to find out how I escaped!

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Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Check for updates manually using Windows Update
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Reading an article on my tablet in portrait mode
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Note the many firmware updates, you can only install them from Windows
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Compiling the Linux kernel on a Surface Go takes some hours
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable
Installation in progress - note the connected network cable

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